On this day in 1953, Elizabeth II is crowned queen of England in a ceremony that dates back over a millennium. Princess Elizabeth was 25 when she inherited the British throne upon the death of her father, King George VI. After mourning him for a year, a lavish coronation celebration was held for her at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. A thousand dignitaries and guests attended the ceremony; millions listened on radio and, for the first time, watched the proceedings on live television. A very popular queen, Elizabeth has travelled more extensively than any other reigning British monarch and has four children with her husband, Philip Mountbatten.
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Sporting history was thrust upon us on this day in 1954 when jockeying icon Lester Piggott won the first of his record-breaking nine Derby victories. On a grim, chilly day at Epsom, the 18 year-old ‘boy wonder of the turf’ romped home on the 33/1 outsider Never Say Die, who never did say die throughout the rest of his racing career. In fact there are no reports of him saying anything, mainl... Read more >